What do you need to be a blogger?
Well aside from enthusiasm and something to say you don’t need too many things. A blogger should be creating content they love and planning everything out, it takes a lot of time to get to know your own style, how you prefer to work, and discovering who you – or should I say ‘your brand’ is. But that is probably a post for another time, besides, I’m not an expert, and to be fair I still feel like a young blogger to be giving that advice at present. However, I can introduce you to my blogging equipment – the things I found helpful to become and improve myself as a blogger.
The most obvious piece of equipment you need is a laptop / computer or some other device so that you can view, write and customise your blog however you want. This will, if it hasn’t already, become attached to your hip.
Nothing beats a good notebook and pen, or in my case a bullet journal, a notebook and an obscene amount of coloured pens. I’m a little stationary obsessed so of course you don’t need 2 notebooks on the go, but if you don’t like to work exclusively digitally a bullet journal / notebook is your best friend for any blog post plans, calendars and the odd note or twenty-three.
If you’d like me to do a separate post on my bullet journal then let me know.
I read many posts about how you don’t need a good camera for your blog and that using your iPhone will be absolutely fine. Now, if you’re doing your blog as a hobby I completely agree with this, but if you want to make your blog something more you need to upgrade to a half decent camera. I’m not saying you need to pay a thousands on a camera, because you don’t, but having something small and versatile would give your photography a kick. Although, I have heard the iPhone 7 is just as good as a camera, however I haven’t experienced this myself so I cannot comment on it.
I have two cameras in my collection: the Canon 80D and the Canon G7X. The G7X was my first Canon camera and I used it to take my blog photos when I was trialling blogging, without spending a huge amount of money on a DSLR. Now obviously the G7X (and the upgraded version G7X mark II) are still pricey but I was already looking for a good compact camera that could take great holiday pics, so using it for my blog photos was a no-brainer. And let’s be honest, the G7X is one of the most well known cameras for bloggers and vloggers, so you can’t really go wrong with this little guy can you?
Last summer I upgraded to the Canon 80D as it was the most recent release from Canon that wasn’t as expensive as the 5D mark IV. Although I am eyeing it up for a future purchase…. but that’s probably way in the distant future. Unless I win the lottery then hey, I’m booking a holiday and buying the camera for it haha! The 80D is great. It’s fairly simple to use, although you do need to read up about the different settings if you have never used a DSLR or Canon camera before. I’m still in the trainee stages, but I find it fun to keep learning how to use this camera.
There’s not a huge difference between the 70D and the 80D so if you’re looking for a camera without the big price tag I’d definitely recommend that one.
I have two lens at present, the first is the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, which is a great multi-use lens, and it’s the one I use most often because I find it to be a great all-rounder. I usually have this on my camera all the time because it works well as a point and shot lens, and is great for flat lays.
My other lens is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, this one is wonderful for getting those blurry backgrounds that we bloggers all love. I find that it gives a soft – kind of subtle – blur rather than a strong editorial blurry background, which I really like at the moment as it’s much more natural. It’s also lightweight and small in comparison to other lens – but not as small as the pancake lens, obviously – making it great to travel with.
Not everyone has a marble table or those other cliché blogger props, so instead I love the cheaper alternative: card. Yes, your average piece of card can work wonders for flat lays and other photography. To get the classic marble background I bought this marble vinyl off of Amazon and it’s great. Plus you have tons left over so you have spare if you need it, or you can use it for a diy project. Oh think of the blog post potential here!
One item that I could not live without is my external hard drive. This is not so much a blogger equipment must have, it’s more of a must have for anyone who doesn’t want to loose anything off their laptop / computer. Last year my laptop stopped working and a piece had to be replaced, and by doing this everything on my laptop was lost. Thankfully I backed everything up a few days prior to the incident so I didn’t have that ever-so-lovely panic attack of ‘oh jeez I’ve lost everything…my entire life was on there!’ Praise whomever invented external hard drives, I love you!
The final item in my equipment list is a tripod. Even though I have one I don’t use it as much as I probably should. This is partly because to take some of the shots I need to be low on the ground so I can’t use it, but it’s my aim this year to use it more instead of relying on wonky handheld shots. Alternatively you could use books to act like a tripod, or a piece of furniture to act like a stabiliser for your handheld shots.
If you’re new to blogging, or wanted to get inspired to expand your equipment but didn’t know where to start, I hope you found this post helpful. Until next time!